Habits x Joe & Hayley
Since being baptised, God has put it into our hearts to seek Him with as much passion and zeal as we can muster, we want to be able to move mountains with our faith, we want God to fully open our eyes.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”Matthew 7:7-8
Abraham was justified and righteous through his faith in God, likewise, through our faith and love in Christ, we want to strive to do as God commands.
‘So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.’Galatians 3:6-9
Jesus commands us to fast in Luke 5:35
‘“But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”’
We find through fasting twice a week, we can gain a closeness with God, the hunger that we feel during those days, gives us a hunger for God and for prayer.
It keeps our mind on our creator, it makes us think of Jesus and how much we need Him in our life.
We also like to use set prayers and read some Psalms four times a day. Methodically taking time to pray to God is really super helpful for us to gain a closer relationship with God. It gives windows that enable us to then move on from set prayers to praying what is in our hearts, having those important conversations with Jesus.
I would in the past pray as and when I felt the need, but I found on a busy or stressful day, I would not put the time aside for prayer. But in fact, it’s then that I need it most.
other things we do to stay focused and keep our eyes on Jesus
- Reading God’s word
- Making church a priority
- Blessing God before I eat and drink
- Eating biblically kosher at home
- Keeping God’s feasts and celebrations
- Talking about Jesus during the day
- Admiring God’s wonderful creation